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ObamaCare creates nervous condition

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OBAMACARE CREATES NERVOUS CONDITION - In the wake an ObamaCare scare in Virginia’s gubernatorial election, President Obama summoned all of the Senate Democrats facing re-election in 2014 to the White House in a bid to calm their growing anxieties about the problems with his law. The group, which included struggling red state Democrats like Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., shared what one Democratic source told Fox News was “a lot of pent-up frustration.” Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who leads the Democratic Senatorial Committee, also attended. Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry learned that senators floated the idea of a one-year delay in the fines and enrollment mandates under the law, pushing some political pain until after midterm elections. The president is said to have rejected the idea. Fox News has more.

[“You said recently that you expect the Web site to be running smoothly for a majority of users by late November. There is no room for error. You must meet – and I prefer you beat – that deadline.” – Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., talking to Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.]

‘Crisis of confidence’ - Begich released a statement after the White House huddle talking about the “understandable crisis in confidence” among his constituents. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., publicly reiterated his call for a delay in penalties under the law. The president may be trying to avoid further rate hikes and cancellations for those already insured that would ensue if, as expected, there are too many welfare recipients in the program and not enough paying customers. But the president’s decision to continue to publicly make his “if you like it” promise after he decided not to keep it has left him in a pickle with members of his own party. He was able to say what he needed to in order to win in 2012, and now Obama is asking his fellow Democrats to take one for the team. Not cool.

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